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Old 04-22-08, 08:35 PM   #1
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road specific saddle?

Is there such a thing as a road specific saddle? I've been on my fixed (first "road" bike ever) for a couple months and my ass still hurts after a couple miles. The saddle is at the correct height, correct position for and aft, and correct angle, but it still hurts like hell. I have the exact same saddle on my mountain bike, and I have never had this problem. I think it is the position I am put in on a road bike compared to a mtb? Is there a general rule of thumb when picking a saddle for a road bike? Should it be more narrow? Longer?
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Old 04-22-08, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 04-22-08, 08:39 PM   #3
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what kind of bibs? get some nice ones.

I have 2 Specialized Toupes, they're great.
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maybe post a pic of your bike.
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what kind of bibs? get some nice ones.

I have 2 Specialized Toupes, they're great.
+1 on that. that saddle hurts like a mofo for the first like week maybe if your butt isnt used to riding, and then after that, oh man, so comfortable. so worth the money. well maybe
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do you sit on the toupé? why not just use bike shorts?
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I just think that either a. my saddle is a cheap uncomfortable piece for the position the body is in on a road bike, or b. okay, so it's probably that... Anyway, are road saddles usually more narrow? It seems to look that way to me. I'd like to go to my lbs and look around tomorrow, so I would like to have an idea of what to look for.
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Saddles are personal. The idea is to get a saddle that only supports you at your sit bones, not in the fleshy spots that'll lose circulation from prolonged sitting.

I personally like the Terry Fly
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It's basically just trial and error with saddles, you really won't know how your butt will respond until you sit on the damn things for some time.
People swear by particular brands but that doesn't mean they will work for you...
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It's basically just trial and error with saddles, you really won't know how your butt will respond until you sit on the damn things for some time.
People swear by particular brands but that doesn't mean they will work for you...
most sound advice so far. Many saddles also break in, the one I have now I swore was the most uncomfortable thing in the world for the first week or two I had it and now I love it.
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Saddles are made for either road, mountain or track. There's not much difference between road and track other than the sprinter saddles that are ultra-narrow and designed to be sat on for a couple of minutes tops. Road saddles have minimal padding, are usually pretty lightweight and rigid, and come in a variety of widths and lengths. Mountain saddles are similar but have a lot more padding (since you're going to be bouncing around on them), are designed to flex more, and are usually heavier / tougher since they're going to be beat up on a bunch. The you have your 'comfort' / touring saddles which fall somewhere in between road and mountain. So, long story short, there's a lot of overlap between the styles. You probably want a road saddle, but the width, shell shape (flat vs curved) and padding amount / material are what really matter in my experience.
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